Stop Cyberbullying

A Digital Means to Torment

What is Cyberbullying?

Cyberbullying is the act of harassing another person though use of the internet. It is a constant act and can take a toll on someone.

Examples of Cyberbullying

Mean text messages and emails, rumors posted on social networking sites, and embarrassing pictures, videos, websites, or fake profiles are all examples of cyberbullying.

Three Differences Between Cyberbullying & Bullying

1) Cyberbullying can happen at anytime. Any day at any time.

2) The bully can post things anonymously online and anyone can see it.

3) Deleting texts, messages, or pictures is difficult to delete after it has been posted.

Effects of Cyberbullying

- Use of alcohol and drugs

- Low self esteem

- Skipping school

- Health problems

- Receiving poor grade

Prevention & Awareness

Ways parents can better understand what goes on online:

1) Knowing what sites your kids are on

2) Monitor what they are doing

3) Learn about the sites they are on

4) Have their passwords for emergencies

5) Follow your kids online

Establishing Rules

Tips for online safety

1) Be aware of who will be seeing your posts and who you want to see them.

2) Do not post anything that can hurt or embarrass someone online.

3) Keep passwords safe on to yourself

Reporting a Cyberbully

1) Don't respond

2) Keep the evidence

3) Block the person who is bulling you

Report to your Online Service Provider

1) Visit social media safety centers

2) Report the bully on the site

Report to your local Law Enforcement

Three activities involving cyberbullying that you should report to the law are:

1) Treats of violence

2) Stalking and hate crimes

3) Taking a photo or video of a person that is expecting privacy

Report to Your School

Schools can help with cyberbullying because it can disrupt class. If they know what is happening, they can help with prevention and response strategies. In most states, there are laws about the school teaching about cyberbullying in their anti-bulling program.